Hayes delivers verdict on reported Celtic interest
By Danny Wright
Jonny Hayes has remained tight-lipped about his future despite being linked with a move to Celtic.
The Daily Mail have reported that the Hoops are keen on completing a £1.2million deal for the 29-year-old, but he insists that he is taking any speculation with a pinch of salt.
Hayes was the only non-Celtic player to be shortlisted for the Scottish player of the year award after an impressive season with Aberdeen.
And the winger believes that the Bhoys’ interest in him is definitely something he can take as a positive.
“It means you are doing something right if somebody else is taking a look,” said Hayes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“You can take it as a compliment. As far as I’m aware I am still an Aberdeen player.
“I enjoy it there and it’s an old cliche but we’ll wait and see what happens.”
Hayes made 44 appearances across all competitions for Aberdeen in the recently-ended season, scoring 11 goals and supplying a stunning 24 assists.
His performances helped the Dons to a second-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership to champions Celtic, who finished the campaign without defeat.
The three-times Republic of Ireland international, who worked with Brendan Rodgers during their times at Reading, scored on two occasions against Celtic this term.
Hayes netted early in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden in May to give the Hoops serious worries over their bid at a domestic treble.
However Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic both scored in each half to seal a historic win for Rodgers’ men.